2019 Orbea Gain D20 Bike
There has been a lot of debate about e-bikes hitting the roads, whether they belong, and how to apply the technology. The Orbea Gain Road aluminum e-bike represents what can be achieved by designers who want to open up electric assistance opportunities for road cyclists without killing the cycling experience or negating the amount of exercise you can get.
Don’t think of this as a moped. Orbea calls this their Enough Power option. In a way, it lives up to that famous line from Lemond: it doesn’t get easier, you just go faster. And that’s the way it should be. The Gain has the unusual design – at least for high-end e-bikes – of putting the motor in the rear hub. That means that the battery can be effectively hidden in the down tube with the recharging port just above the bottom bracket, ensuring this is a bike that looks like a real road bike. It also helps it remain pretty lightweight, much lighter than other e-bikes. A discreet button on the top tube represents the control center, where you can choose the amount of assistance you want to have: starting with none, moving into Eco, and then Boost. This iWoc system pairs with an app where you can customize just what amount of push you want from each setting.
And the X35 hub from ebikemotion will put out enough power to go 100km or 1500m of climbing at 25km/h. Once you want to ride without the motor, you won’t have to worry about the motor dragging since the X35 system uses what Orbea calls a PAS Sensor that has the cassette lockring embedded with 20 magnets. The magnets are detected by a sensor in the dropout that communicates with the motor control unit, so it will know how much power to put out or to disengage completely. That means that hammerfests on the flats, you can roll at your own speed without the motor assistance, and limited weight penalty, and then once the hills kick up, you can engage the motor and keep the pace high. People might argue that this will give you an unfair advantage on group rides or that Strava segment KOMs will be delegitimized, but that’s not the idea at all. The motor for the Gain Road is just meant to help riders go further faster than they normally would. And without the stigma of an ugly motorized bike.
The aluminum frame of the Gain Road bike will offer reliable, durable performance that will make it an ideal long distance bike. And if you do like your rides to stretch for hours, an extra battery is available to help stave off any range anxiety you might have. The geometry has also been given a slightly more relaxed feel than the Avant, but will still be ready for you to get down in the drops to push the pace. Let’s face it, this is not a bike that will be something you can take to race in your local crits, so to have a comfort-focused geometry will hit the target for the type of riding you’ll likely want to do. Tons of tire clearance – up to 40mm tires – in addition to mounts for racks and mud guards will also mean that this is a bike that can be used for commuting and bikepacking.
The Orbea Gain Road e-bike will change your perceptions and increase your cycling pleasures. It is available in three different complete bike specs and five sizes.
Features: Orbea Gain D20 Road Bike
Frame: Orbea Gain alloy
Fork: Speed 400mm carbon flat mount
Headset: 1-1/8" Semi-Integrated
Brakes: Shimano R8070 Hydraulic Disc
Shifters: Shimano ST-8020
Crank: Shimano Ultegra R8000 34x50T
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra R8000 11-32t 11-Speed
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000 GS
Chain: KMC e11 Turbo Silver
Wheelset: Ready GR
Tires: Hutchinson Fusion 5 All SeasonTLR 700x28
Handlebar: FSA Energy Compact
Handlebar Tape: Black Anti-Slippery/Shock Proof Bar Tape
Stem: FSA Energy
Seatpost: FSA SL-K SB20 27.2x350mm Di2 compatible
Saddle: Prologo Kappa Space STN size 147mm
Motor: Ebikemotion X35
Battery: Ebikemotion 36V/6.9A
Charger: Ebikemotion X35
Remote: Ebikemotion iWoc ONE
Sizes: 46cm XS | 51cm SM | 55.5cm MD | 58.5cm LG | 61cm XL |
Colors: Orange Black, Graphite Anthracite